What do you think about when you think about worship? Sunday morning songs? Hands reaching for the ceiling during service? Time spent at the alter?
Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered Him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.'”
What is worship exactly? It is defined as “to show feeling and expression of reverence and adoration for”. Worship is showing our God we respect, love, and adore Him. We’re called to worship. We are called to spend time with the Lord. But if music isn’t your thing that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. We all have our OWN ways to spend time with the Lord and no one way is better than the other. Your worship is your worship.
This is something I never understood until fairly recently. I love Sunday morning worship, but I wanted something more. I wanted something that connected me even deeper with Jesus. Thus, this blog was created. Reading, writing and spreading the word via words are my forms of worship. When I sit down with a cup of coffee or if I get inspired during a workout (honest to goodness have written a blog while on the treadmill for an hour), I feel deeply connected with Jesus. I feel as if Him and I type these blogs out together. I’m the earthly writer, but he pops the ideas in my head and helps the words flow. When I read (when I’m not reading books for classes), basically every book I read is about faith in some way or another because of the connection I feel while reading. I love to write in a journal to help me keep track of prayers and write down things I’m grateful for. I crave that content peaceful loving feeling I get when I participate in these hobbies I’ve grown to love.
The point is, everyone has their “thing” that makes them feel connected with the Father. It doesn’t have to be singing and hand raising in church or writing in a journal, it can be whatever makes YOU feel like you are giving God you’re undivided, full attention to allow Him fully into your heart for a moment. It’s what makes you feel like you’re showing love and adoration for the Creator and all that He does for you. Worship for you might look differently than it does for someone else.
How do you know what makes you feel connected to God and might serve as a form of worship? I enjoy reading my Bible and closing my eyes and feeling the music on Sunday morning. But I took it one step further because I wanted to worship even harder and do something that made me feel an even deeper connection. I put together a list of questions that helped me figure out that creating blogs is a form of worship for me.
- What is something you genuinely love to do? What is that thing that when you do it you forget what’s happening around you? The thing that makes you feel at peace and relaxes you? The thing that maybe you never thought about before because you just enjoy doing it that much that it doesn’t cross your mind? Maybe it’s writing. Maybe it’s building. Maybe it’s public speaking. Maybe it’s whatever you’re degree is in. Maybe it’s simply just reading your Bible, listening to Christian music, or rocking to a beat during the worship service at church. Whatever it is, find those things and write them down.
- What are your spiritual gifts? Once you find the thing or things you genuinely love to do, link them with how you can use them to serve God. Have you ever thought that those enjoyable things might be talents that have been given to you for a reason? If you’re a builder, maybe you can get involved in a ministry that builds houses for the poor. If you love to read the Bible, maybe you can form a small group that dives in deeper with the Gospel. If you love public speaking, maybe some sort of speaking ministry is in your future. Connect ways to do what you love and what you’re good at in ways to serve the Lord. Honor Him through your way to worship Him.
- Have you prayed about it? Are you still confused on how to feel connected with God? Pray about it. Pray that He will open your heart and eyes to find your thing that makes you love life but can also be used to serve Him. You’ll feel something deeper than you have before once you find it.
I promise that if you find YOUR ways to worship the Lord and take it up a notch you’ll find a different kind of peace. Doing something that gives God the glory, but is also something that you thoroughly enjoy because He gave us that desire in the first place is a different more meaningful way to worship. I encourage you to dive deeper in your heart and find those things to kickstart your purpose and serve our amazing Creator.
Thank you for being such a good Father. Thank you for walking with us through life and giving us reasons to want to worship you. I pray that you guide whoever is seeking to whatever makes them feel most connected to You. I pray that you open their hearts and their eyes to see their special talents that serve You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.